cooking turkey ahead of time

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cooking turkey ahead of time

Postby 95sportster » Mon Dec 24, 2012 9:45 am

Cooking a Christmas Turkey. Was planning on doing Christmas morning, but looks like weather will be nasty. How would you store and reheat the bird if you cooked tonight for lunch tomorrow?

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Re: cooking turkey ahead of time

Postby Jarhead » Mon Dec 24, 2012 11:14 am

Items needed:
1 preheated cooler
4 bricks (or more) wrapped in foil and heated
some old towels for packing (not your wife's Chrismas Towels)
Foil and pan

Cook your bird. Wrap in foil and place in pan.
Foil the pan and bird.
Place folded towels into cooler. About 3 or 4 layers.
Place foil wrapped hot bricks on top of towels.
Place the bird on top of the bricks.
Pack more towels around the bird so as to fill up the cooler.
Should stay hot for 12-15 hours.
To crisp the skin up on Christmas Day, remove the foil and stick it into a 375F oven.
Enjoy.
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Re: cooking turkey ahead of time

Postby 95sportster » Mon Dec 24, 2012 12:54 pm

Thanks Jarhead, that's what I was thinking of doing, just wasn't sure if it would be safe. I decided to go ahead and throw the bird on the pit today vs. tonight, so I'm guessing it'll be done around 6-8 p.m, then I can just toss it in the cooler until the morning. Sounds a lot easier than cooling down and then reheating.
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Re: cooking turkey ahead of time

Postby Jarhead » Mon Dec 24, 2012 1:24 pm

95sportster wrote:I'm guessing it'll be done around 6-8 p.m, then I can just toss it in the cooler until the morning.

Just make sure you keep the bird above 140F IT and you won't kill anybody.
If comes off that early, you might want to put the foiled and panned bird in the oven at the lowest setting for overnight. (Hope you can get it down to 150-170)
Might as well heat your bricks up at the same time.
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